GT2 (7034) - Riverslime, California, USA - DEC 12, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750mL thanks to ygtbsm94. The man, the myth, legend. He lives! Pours a hazy, reddish amber almost brune with a towering, thick tan head leaving perfect sheets of full lace. Oh yes. Nose is play of big sour cherries and strawberries with dark, dried fruits. Big red wine barrel character and seedy berries. Taste is pretty awesome- sort of feels like a blend of Supplication and Beatification, which is essentially what this is exactly plus some Sanctification and and odd BA Mortification? Big red wine barrel and spicy oak comes through from the Supplication and then lemon peel and grapefruit rind from the Beatification. Tangy, bitter, mineral laden palate. Refreshing...such a treat even though Iíve been told its a shadow of its former self.
EricE (1368) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - DEC 11, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Orange yellow pour. Moderately tart flavor. Very dry and bitter. Notes of pineapple, citrus peel. Some oak and cherry lingers in the aftertaste. Very complex with lots of subtle notes. Goes down very smooth and easy.
Travlr (9833) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 11, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of ygtbsm94, thank you sir! Murky variegated golden brown color, large tan head, solid lacing. Aroma of sour pears, apricots. Taste is sourdough brown bread, stone fruits, nice funk.
50belair (1718) - Florida, USA - DEC 1, 2011
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Cloudy orangish/brown pour with a nice sized off white/tan head. Sour apricot and cherry aromas. A complex ale with many things going on: sour cherries, other stone fruits, vinegar, vanilla, oak, and black currant all blend nicely with the caramel malt notes. It doesnít have huge barnyard or funk notes like I was expecting, more like a bad ass sour bruin or Flanders style ale in my opinion. Still a fantastic ale that Iím really glad I got to finally crack open and drink...
darkguardian (724) - Florida, USA - NOV 30, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big thanks to Matt for sharing this amazing and rare beer with me. Pours a cloudy mahogany with a strong tan head. Nose is lightly sour and moderately funky with some light vinegar notes and some cherry and wine grape character. Flavor is full bodied and lightly roasty on the backend with a balanced sour and fruit component. Fairly noticable cherry/currant flavor. Finishes lightly sour with very light vinegar. Extremely well done beer, not their best, but still a damn fine beer worthy of its lofty reputation. Again, huge thanks to 50belair.
vtafro (2169) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - NOV 19, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle thanks Briank. Brown pour with tan head. Beer is missing Russian river patented finish, sour flavor has mellowed and alcohol has little to do with the flavor.
pastradul (43) - California, USA - JUL 10, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
WOW! bottle shared at toronado san diego thanks Dak!
poured into a wine glass tulip. pours a murky reddih brown with a ton of off white bubbles.
the nose is funk, mild dark fruit notes and leather.
the taste is way more mellow and delicate then I expected. very refreshing while having a tone of flavors flying around the mouth. up front you get barnyard and fruit. in the middle you get tabaccoa, leather and tannins on the tongue. in the back you finish with some extension of the leather and tannin feel.
what an amazing brew. so glad to have ticked it!!!!
MrChopin (2763) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 30, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2012 Dark chestnut, frothy cream head with heavy lacing. Light lactic lime nose, very reminiscent of framboise for a cure in the mineral aspects, bit of vinous berry and grape. More grape and cherry in flavor, unmistakable body and wonderful light bubbles, hints of vanilla and oak, somewhat standard flavor profile, standard RR greatness in body, but here the carbonation strikes a contrast with the thinner flavor profile, reducing it to a "foamy" experience. This bottle was over the hill and not nearly as expressive as the last time I tried this.
Lagunitasfan (1309) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 30, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
One of my all-time wants has now been realized. I walked into OíBrienís and it happened to be bartender Tysonís birthday. Sitting at the end of the bar was this bottle. Pour was a hazy amber with ruby glow. Lots of cloudiness from the sediments. Warm leathery funk, high vinegar tart, and a deep pungency lingering. Big full mouth of flavor. Lovely beer that I doubt Iíll ever get to sample again.
BuckeyeBoy (2324) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 15, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Another one of the 750ml bottled white whales Thanks to JohnGalt1 and ditmier collaborative works on landing this one. Pours out a cloudy amber/brown topped with a sand head. Aroma was funk, light vinegar, light Brett, sweet malts, oak, pit fruit, and some of the red wine barrel notes. Taste was much as the nose with lots going on but nothing that was over the top. I would have to sadly say that this one has also moved past its prime. But with that said I was so very happy to finally tried this.